TEAMS

2015 FIELD

2019 FIELD

Duke Blue Devils

Duke (Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski, Atlantic Coast Conference) – Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski, the winningest coach in college basketball history, will enter his 40th season at Duke and led the nationally-ranked Blue Devils to a 32-6 record, the ACC tournament title, and a spot in the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament…this season, Duke featured what may go down as the best freshman class ever, led by the presumptive top two picks in the NBA Draft, Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett…next season, Duke welcomes a Top 5 recruiting class led by the nation’s No. 3 recruit, center Vernon Carey, Jr…the Blue Devils are making their fourth appearance in the Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project (1999, 2008, 2015)…they won the 2008 title and the 2015 title with an 86-84 win over Georgetown.
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Georgetown Hoyas

Georgetown (Head Coach: Patrick Ewing, Big East Conference) – After a Hall of Fame playing career, Patrick Ewing will enter his third season as the head coach at his alma mater…after winning 15 games during his first season, Ewing guided the Hoyas to 19 wins and a spot in the NIT in 2019…10 of the 14 players on this year’s roster are expected to return next season, led by a trio of freshmen who rank among the team’s top four scorers – James Akinjo (13.4 ppg, team-high 173 assists and 37 steals), Mac McClung (13.1 ppg), and Josh LeBlanc (9.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 36 blocks)…joining this group will be N.C. State transfer Omer Yurtseven, who averaged 13.9 ppg and 6.7 rpg a year ago…this is their third appearance in the Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project (1998, 2015).
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Texas Longhorns

Texas (Head Coach: Shaka Smart, Big 12 Conference) – In his four years, Shaka Smart has led Texas to two NCAA Tournaments and guided the Longhorns to 21 wins and the NIT title this season despite playing the eighth most difficult schedule in the country…the Longhorns are expected to return four starters next season, including sophomore guards Matt Coleman (9.8 ppg, team-high 127 assists) and Jase Febres (8.7 ppg), as well as freshman Jaxson Hayes, who averaged 8.9 ppg…they will be joined by the No. 12 ranked recruiting class in the country, per ESPN.com…the Longhorns are playing in the Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project for the sixth time (1997, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014), having won the 2006 and 2014 events…Texas beat Cal, 71-55, to capture the 2014 Classic.
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California Golden Bears

California (Head Coach: Mark Fox, Pac-12 Conference) – With a career record of 286-176 that includes stops at Nevada and Georgia, Mark Fox assumes control of the Bears’ program…he inherits a team with no seniors on the 15-man roster but youth is being served as sophomore forward Justice Sueing led the Bears in scoring (14.3 ppg), rebounding (6.0 rpg), and steals (52) in 2019…classmate Darius McNeill averaged 11.0 points and was second to Sueing with 46 thefts…junior point guard Paris Austin netted 11.6 ppg and handed out a team-best 125 assists…Cal is making its fourth appearance in the Empire Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project (2004, 2009, 2014).
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2015 FIELD

  Duke Blue Devils

National Champion Duke Blue Devils – Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski (Atlantic Coast Conference)

Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski, the winningest coach in college basketball history with 1,018 wins, led the Blue Devils to their fifth National Championship and a 35-4 record last season…the roster boasts four returning rotation players in Grayson Allen, Amile Jefferson, Matt Jones, and Marshall Plumlee…the Blue Devils bring in the top recruiting class in the country, highlighted by three McDonald’s All-Americans (Brandon Ingram, Luke Kennard, and Chase Jeter) and standout point guard Derryck Thornton…Duke will be making its third appearance in the 2K Classic (1999 and 2008), winning the 2008 title. Official Site

Name#Pos.Ht.Wt.Cl.
Jon Teske15C7-0245Fr.
Fred Wright-Jones14G5-11170So.
Moritz Wagner13F6-11240So.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman12G6-4190Jr.
Andrew Dakich11G6-2190Sr.
Derrick Walton Jr.10G6-1190Sr.
D.J. Wilson5F6-10240Jr.
Xavier Simpson3G6-0180Fr.
Charles Matthews1G6-6190So.
Brent Hibbitts0F6-8210So.
Sean Lonergan20F6-5210Sr.
Zak Irvin21G/F6-6215Sr.
Duncan Robinson22G/F6-8215Sr.
Ibi Watson23G/F6-5190Fr.
Mark Donnal34F6-9240Sr.
Austin Davis51F6-10240Fr.
THE BEAT GOES ON: The 2015-16 season marks Duke’s 111th season of basketball. The Blue Devils have compiled a 2,062-853 record to rank fourth all-time in victories. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski has 1,018 of those wins during his 36 seasons in Durham. Duke is scheduled to play its 1,000th game at historic Cameron Indoor Stadium on Feb. 8 when it hosts Louisville.

THEY’RE BACK: Duke returns six letterwinners from last year’s National Championship team, including one starter in senior Amile Jefferson. Graduate student Marshall Plumlee and juniors Matt Jones and Nick Pagliuca give the Blue Devils four upperclassmen on the 13-man roster.

CAN’T TOP THIS: For the second year in a row, Duke’s recruiting class was ranked No. 1 by ESPN RecruitingNation, as Brandon Ingram, Chase Jeter, Luke Kennard, Derryck Thornton, and Antonio Vrankovic headline a seven-man class of newcomers. Ingram, Jeter, and Kennard were all McDonald’s All-Americans in 2015, while Vrankovic was a nominee for the game and Thornton was considered a frontrunner to make the game in 2016 before reclassifying. ESPN ranked Ingram the No. 3 overall recruit and No. 1 small forward in the class, while Jeter checked in at No. 11 overall (No. 4 center). Thornton was ranked No. 17 overall (No. 3 point guard) and Kennard was tabbed No. 24 overall (No. 6 shooting guard).

  Wisconsin Badgers

National Runner-Up Wisconsin Badgers – Head Coach: Bo Ryan (Big Ten Conference)

Head coach Bo Ryan is Wisconsin’s all-time leader in wins, amassing 357 victories in just 14 seasons…last season the Badgers claimed the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles with a 16-2 league mark to go along with a 36-4 overall record in advancing to the Final Four for the second straight year and the Championship Game for the first time since 1941…11 players, including two starters, return in 2015-16, led by junior forward Nigel Hayes (12.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and junior guard Bronson Koenig (8.7 ppg, 98 assists)…Wisconsin will be making its first 2K Classic appearance.
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Name#Pos.Ht.Wt.Cl.
Justice Kithcart5G6-1185Fr.
Jonathan Milligan55G6-2170R-Jr.
Ryan Seelye50F6-6225So.
Zach Smith35G6-3200R-Jr.
Rozelle Nix25C6-11300R-Jr.
Cameron Johnson23G6-8210R-So.
Sheldon Jeter21F6-8230Sr.
Chris Jones12G/F6-6215R-Sr.
Corey Manigault11F6-8230Fr.
Ryan Luther4F6-9225Jr.
Damon Wilson3G6-5195So.
Michael Young2F6-9235Sr.
Jamel Artis1F6-7215Sr.
Crisshawn Clark0G6-4210So.
BO KNOWS WINNING: The winningest coach in Wisconsin history (357-125, .741), Bo Ryan ranks ninth in Big Ten history with 172 career conference wins. With a career record of 172-68 (.717), Ryan owns the highest Big Ten winning percentage in conference history.

YOUNG ‘UNS: The 2015-16 season marks the first year under Bo Ryan in which the Badgers do not have a scholarship senior. Wisconsin has had at least one senior starter in each of Ryan’s first 14 seasons in Madison. In fact, the Badgers have started at least two seniors in 10 of those 14 seasons. The Badgers return just 38.1 percent of their minutes played from last season. That’s the lowest total since Ryan inherited a 2001-02 team that returned 30.0 percent of its minutes.

REPEAT: The defending Big Ten champions, Wisconsin is seeking back-to-back conference titles for the first time since 2002-03. In Ryan’s 14 seasons, the Badgers have won four Big Ten regular season championships and three Big Ten tournaments.

MARCH MADNESS: Playing in its 17th-consecutive NCAA Tournament a year ago, Wisconsin returned to the Final Four for the second-straight season and the fourth time in school history. UW is just the ninth Big Ten team in history to reach back-to-back national semifinals.

Georgetown Hoyas

Georgetown Hoyas – Head Coach: John Thompson III (Big East Conference)

The Hoyas went 22-11 a season ago under the direction of head coach John Thompson III, who, in 11 seasons at Georgetown, has won 249 games…the Hoyas feature a roster with 10 players back from last year, including a trio of starters…senior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera led Georgetown with a 16.3 ppg average as well as with 101 assists in earning first-team All-Big East honors…sophomore forward Isaac Copeland averaged 6.8 ppg and 3.8 rpg…this will be Georgetown’s first 2K Classic appearance since 1998.  Official Site

Name#Pos.Ht.Wt.Cl.
Markus Howard0G5-11175Fr.
Duane Wilson1G6-2185R-Jr.
Sacar Anim2G/F6-5205So.
Sandy Cohen III5F6-6200Jr.
Sam Hauser10G/F6-7225Fr.
Matt Heldt12C6-10245So.
Traci Carter21G6-0175So.
Katin Reinhardt22G6-6210Gr.
Jajuan Johnson23G6-5205Sr.
Haanif Cheatham25G6-5195So.
Andrew Rowsey30G5-10180R-Jr.
Luke Fischer40C6-11250Sr.
Deon Franklin41F6-5215Jr.
Cam Marotta52G5-10165So.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS: Georgetown was picked to finish in second place in the Big East preseason poll. The Hoyas are coming off a season that saw the team go 22-11 and reach the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

ATOP ON THE HILLTOP: Now in his 12th season, John Thompson III has won 249 games and has led the Hoyas to the postseason every year, including eight NCAA Tournament berths and the 2007 Final Four.

ONE MORE YEAR: After flirting with the NBA Draft, D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera decided to return for his senior season. A Big East first-team selection last year who led the team in scoring at 16.3 ppg, Smith Rivera is a big reason why the Hoyas were picked second in the year’s league poll.

ACCOLADES: Smith-Rivera is not the only player back who received Big East honors a year ago. Isaac Copeland and L.J. Peak both earned Rookie team selections last season. Copeland, who averaged 6.8 points and 3.8 rebounds, was also named an All-Big East Honorable Mention.

VCU Rams

VCU Rams – Head Coach: Will Wade (Atlantic 10 Conference)

VCU is under the direction of new head coach Will Wade in 2015-16, who returns to VCU after two successful seasons at Chattanooga…the Rams, 26-10 a season ago, boast a roster featuring 10 returning players, including three starters…among those returning are senior guard Melvin Johnson (12.4 ppg, 60 assists) and junior forward Mo Alie-Cox (7.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg)…this is the Rams’ first ever 2K Classic appearance.  Official Site

Name#Pos.Ht.Wt.Cl.
Semi Ojeleye33F6-7235R-Jr.
Jimmy Whitt31G6-3175So.
Jonathan Wilfong22G6-3185Sr.
Ben Emelogu II21G6-5215R-Jr.
Leo Kontopoulos15F6-9210Fr.
Courtland Sutton14F6-4215R-So.
Harry Froling13F6-11260Fr.
Jarrey Foster10G6-6220So.
Dashawn McDowell5G6-5185Fr.
Sterling Brown3G6-6230Sr.
Tom Wilson2G6-5180Fr.
Shake Milton1G6-6205So.
Ben Moore00F6-8220Sr.
A NEW DAY: VCU enters a new era as Will Wade takes over as the 11th head coach in the program history. Wade is in his second go-round at VCU after serving four years as an assistant under previous head coach Shaka Smart. Prior to taking over the reins of the Rams, Wade was the head coach at Chattanooga, piling up 40 wins in just two seasons. In his first stop in Richmond, he assisted in the best four-year span in program history with 113 wins and a trip to the 2011 Final Four.

INSIDE-OUTSIDE: The Rams will be led by senior Melvin Johnson and junior Mo Alie-Cox, both of whom earned preseason All-Atlantic 10 accolades. Johnson, a sharpshooter from the Bronx, is on pace to break the school’s all-time three-point record, while Alie-Cox is a force down low, ranking in the top three in the conference with 68 blocks last season.

IN SEARCH OF: The Rams will be looking for a program record sixth straight NCAA Tournament bid after earning an automatic berth last year, thanks to the program’s first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship. VCU will look to accomplish that feat with a mixture of new faces as the Rams have six new players, the most since 2007-08.

  Duke Blue Devils

National Champion Duke Blue Devils – Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski, the winningest coach in college basketball history with 1,018 wins, led the Blue Devils to their fifth National Championship and a 35-4 record this past season…the roster boasts four returning rotation players in Grayson Allen, Amile Jefferson, Matt Jones, and Marshall Plumlee…the Blue Devils bring in the top recruiting class in the country, highlighted by three McDonald’s All-Americans (Brandon Ingram, Luke Kennard, and Chase Jeter) and standout point guard Derryck Thornton…Duke will be making its third appearance in the 2K Classic (1999 and 2008), winning the 2008 title.
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Name#Pos.Ht.Wt.Cl.
Jon Teske15C7-0245Fr.
Fred Wright-Jones14G5-11170So.
Moritz Wagner13F6-11240So.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman12G6-4190Jr.
Andrew Dakich11G6-2190Sr.
Derrick Walton Jr.10G6-1190Sr.
D.J. Wilson5F6-10240Jr.
Xavier Simpson3G6-0180Fr.
Charles Matthews1G6-6190So.
Brent Hibbitts0F6-8210So.
Sean Lonergan20F6-5210Sr.
Zak Irvin21G/F6-6215Sr.
Duncan Robinson22G/F6-8215Sr.
Ibi Watson23G/F6-5190Fr.
Mark Donnal34F6-9240Sr.
Austin Davis51F6-10240Fr.
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  Wisconsin Badgers

National Runner-Up Wisconsin Badgers – Head Coach: Bo Ryan (Big Ten Conference)
Head coach Bo Ryan is Wisconsin’s all-time leader in wins, amassing 357 victories in just 14 seasons…the Badgers claimed the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles with a 16-2 league mark to go along with a 36-4 overall record in advancing to the Final Four for the second straight year and the Championship Game for the first time since 1941…11 players, including two starters, are expected to return in 2015-16, led by junior forward Nigel Hayes (12.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and junior guard Bronson Koenig (8.7 ppg, 98 assists)…Wisconsin will be making its first 2K Classic appearance.
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Name#Pos.Ht.Wt.Cl.
Justice Kithcart5G6-1185Fr.
Jonathan Milligan55G6-2170R-Jr.
Ryan Seelye50F6-6225So.
Zach Smith35G6-3200R-Jr.
Rozelle Nix25C6-11300R-Jr.
Cameron Johnson23G6-8210R-So.
Sheldon Jeter21F6-8230Sr.
Chris Jones12G/F6-6215R-Sr.
Corey Manigault11F6-8230Fr.
Ryan Luther4F6-9225Jr.
Damon Wilson3G6-5195So.
Michael Young2F6-9235Sr.
Jamel Artis1F6-7215Sr.
Crisshawn Clark0G6-4210So.
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Georgetown Hoyas

Georgetown Hoyas – Head Coach: John Thompson III (Big East Conference)
The Hoyas went 22-11 under the direction of head coach John Thompson III, who, in 11 seasons at Georgetown, has won 249 games…the Hoyas feature a roster with 10 players expected to return next season, including a trio of starters…junior guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera led Georgetown with a 16.3 ppg average as well as with 101 assists in earning first-team All-Big East honors…freshman forward Isaac Copeland averaged 6.8 ppg and 3.8 rpg…this will be Georgetown’s first 2K Classic appearance since 1998..
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Name#Pos.Ht.Wt.Cl.
Markus Howard0G5-11175Fr.
Duane Wilson1G6-2185R-Jr.
Sacar Anim2G/F6-5205So.
Sandy Cohen III5F6-6200Jr.
Sam Hauser10G/F6-7225Fr.
Matt Heldt12C6-10245So.
Traci Carter21G6-0175So.
Katin Reinhardt22G6-6210Gr.
Jajuan Johnson23G6-5205Sr.
Haanif Cheatham25G6-5195So.
Andrew Rowsey30G5-10180R-Jr.
Luke Fischer40C6-11250Sr.
Deon Franklin41F6-5215Jr.
Cam Marotta52G5-10165So.
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VCU Rams

VCU Rams – Head Coach: Will Wade (Atlantic 10 Conference)
VCU will be under the direction of new head coach Will Wade in 2015-16, who returns to VCU after two successful seasons at Chattanooga…the Rams, 26-10 this past season, boast a roster featuring 10 players who are expected to return, including three starters…among those expected to return are junior guard Melvin Johnson (12.4 ppg, 60 assists) as well as sophomore forward Mo Alie-Cox (7.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg)…this is the Rams’ first ever 2K Classic appearance.
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Name#Pos.Ht.Wt.Cl.
Semi Ojeleye33F6-7235R-Jr.
Jimmy Whitt31G6-3175So.
Jonathan Wilfong22G6-3185Sr.
Ben Emelogu II21G6-5215R-Jr.
Leo Kontopoulos15F6-9210Fr.
Courtland Sutton14F6-4215R-So.
Harry Froling13F6-11260Fr.
Jarrey Foster10G6-6220So.
Dashawn McDowell5G6-5185Fr.
Sterling Brown3G6-6230Sr.
Tom Wilson2G6-5180Fr.
Shake Milton1G6-6205So.
Ben Moore00F6-8220Sr.
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Bryant Bulldogs

Bryant Bulldogs – Head Coach: Tim O’Shea (Northeast Conference)
The Bulldogs posted a 16-15 record in advancing to the semifinals of the Northeast Conference tournament…head coach Tim O’Shea will enter his eighth season at Bryant, having taken over when the school made the jump to Division I…three starters return, led by second-team All-Northeast Conference pick Dan Garvin, who was second on the Bulldogs in scoring (10.9 ppg) and first in rebounding (7.9 rpg)…senior guard Shane McLaughlin led Bryant with a 4.8 assist per game average while netting 7.5 ppg.
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Name#Pos.Ht.Wt.Cl.
Aaron Brennan45F6-6225Jr.
Josh James11F/C6-9225Jr.
Evan Borgman40F6-9205Fr.
Noah Thomas35F/C6-9235R-Fr.
Kellon Thomas5G5-11190Gr.
Giovanni Fraser33F6-8235Fr.
Elyjah Goss32F6-7190Fr.
Ron Patterson25G6-2200Jr.
Evan Hall24F6-7200So.
D.J. McCall22G6-6190So.
Grant Sinn20G6-2180So.
Matt O'Leary15F6-8225Sr.
Chad Hudson12G5-11175Fr.
Nick Rogers10G6-1170So.
Anthony Jones2G6-5210Fr.
T.J. Henderson1G6-0160So.
Darell Combs0G6-2195Sr.
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Prairie View A&M

Prairie View A&M Panthers – Head Coach: Byron Rimm II (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
Head coach Byron Rimm II is in rebuilding mode at Prairie View where he looks to replace four starters from a squad that posted a 15-18 mark a year ago and reached the semifinals of the SWAC tournament…senior guard Jacoby Green played in all 33 games last season, starting 10, and posting an average of 3.7 ppg…junior guard Jayrn Johnson also played in all 33 games and netted 4.4 ppg…the Panthers last appeared in the 2K Classic in 2008.
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Name#Pos.Ht.Wt.Cl.
Ray Lee0G6-3190R-Sr.
James Thompson IV2F/C6-10215So.
Baylee Steele40F/C6-11235So.
Nick Madray35F6-9220R-Jr.
Tim Bond1G6-7160Jr.
Ty Toney32G6-3220Sr.
Ty Groce31F6-7195Fr.
Lamar Wofford-Humphrey23F6-9225R-Jr.
Quaran Jones21F6-7225R-Jr.
Blake Brown20F6-7175R-So.
Jordan Nobles15F6-9195R-So.
Jalen Brown12G5-9160Fr.
Willie Mangum IV10G6-1220Sr.
Elijah Minnie5F6-9200Jr.
Terry Harris4G/F6-6215Jr.
Paul Jackson3G6-1175Jr.
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Radford Highlanders

Radford Highlanders – Head Coach: Mike Jones (Big South Conference)
The Highlanders recorded a 22-12 ledger in advancing to the quarterfinals of the CBI for the second straight season…the 22 wins also marked the second-straight 20-win season for Radford, which won 20 games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1998…head coach Mike Jones will enter his fifth season at Radford and has turned around the Highlanders, winning 19 games in his first two seasons and 44 in his last two…two senior starters return: guard YaYa Anderson (9.3 ppg, 50 assists) and center Brandon Holcomb (6.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg).
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Name#Pos.Ht.Wt.Cl.
L'Hassane Niangane31C6-10240Jr.
DJ Laster25F6-6200So.
Patrick Zeck24F6-7225Fr.
Tyrell Nelson20F6-7235Sr.
Brandon Miller14F/C6-6240R-So.
David Efianayi11G6-2170R-So.
Nate Johnson10G6-4195Fr.
Liam O'Reilly5G6-2180Jr.
Christian Turner4G5-10180Fr.
Laquincy Rideau3G6-1210So.
Eric Jamison2G/F6-4175So.
Justin Jenkins1G6-2200So.
Jamaal Robateau0G6-5180R-Jr.
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Siena Saints

Siena Saints – Head Coach: Jimmy Patsos (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)
Siena returns three starters from a year ago, one of which appeared in only six games…senior forward Brett Bisping, the MVP of the 2014 CBI, had surgery on his toe in December and missed the reminder of the season…junior point guard Marquis Wright (12.5 ppg) is the Saints’ leading returning scorer while junior swingman Lavon Long posted 10.4 ppg and a team-high 4.9 rpg…head coach Jimmy Patsos is in his third year at Siena.
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Name#Pos.Ht.Wt.Cl.
Henry Odunze44F/C6-8185Fr.
Michael Obindu34F/C6-8230So.
James Miller33G/F6-4185R-Jr.
Tyler Stone32F6-7205Sr.
Cameron Lewis25F/C6-8200So.
Chuck Smith24G5-10180Sr.
Jalen Jones23F6-3200R-So.
Ibrahim Dosunmu22F6-7200Fr.
Nate Garvey21G6-4170Fr.
Damon Collins15G/F6-5180Sr.
Charles Williams13G/F6-4170Fr.
Solomon Mangham12F/C6-7210Sr.
James Daniel III11G/F6-0175Sr.
Marcel Boyd5G6-10230Sr.
Ausar Madison4G5-9150Sr.
Prince Okoroh3G/F6-5225R-Sr.
Kofi Andoh2G6-4195Sr.
Kai Tease1G6-0175Fr.
Dalique Mingo00G6-2200Jr.
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Bryant Bulldogs

Bryant Bulldogs – Head Coach: Tim O’Shea (Northeast Conference)

In 2015-16, the Bulldogs posted a 16-15 record in advancing to the semifinals of the Northeast Conference tournament…head coach Tim O’Shea is in his eighth season at Bryant, having taken over when the school made the jump to Division I…three starters return, led by second-team All-Northeast Conference pick junior Dan Garvin, who was second on the Bulldogs in scoring (10.9 ppg) and first in rebounding (7.9 rpg)…senior guard Shane McLaughlin led Bryant with a 4.8 assist per game average while netting 7.5 ppg.  Official Site

Name#Pos.Ht.Wt.Cl.
Aaron Brennan45F6-6225Jr.
Josh James11F/C6-9225Jr.
Evan Borgman40F6-9205Fr.
Noah Thomas35F/C6-9235R-Fr.
Kellon Thomas5G5-11190Gr.
Giovanni Fraser33F6-8235Fr.
Elyjah Goss32F6-7190Fr.
Ron Patterson25G6-2200Jr.
Evan Hall24F6-7200So.
D.J. McCall22G6-6190So.
Grant Sinn20G6-2180So.
Matt O'Leary15F6-8225Sr.
Chad Hudson12G5-11175Fr.
Nick Rogers10G6-1170So.
Anthony Jones2G6-5210Fr.
T.J. Henderson1G6-0160So.
Darell Combs0G6-2195Sr.
ENCORE: Bryant is in its eighth year at the Division I level and has been eligible for the Northeast Conference Tournament the last three seasons. The Bulldogs have qualified for the NEC playoffs all three years and won the program’s first NEC Tournament game in 2014-15. Bryant also garnered its first postseason tournament bid when it participated in the College Basketball Invitational in 2013.

THE CORE: Returning second-team All-NEC selection Dan Garvin leads the way on offense after finishing his sophomore season ranked first at Bryant in rebounds (7.9 rpg) and blocks (48) and second in scoring (10.9 ppg). The Bulldogs also return starting point guard Shane McLaughlin (7.5 ppg), sharpshooter Hunter Ware (5.6 ppg), and dynamic scorer Bosko Kostur (7.9 ppg). They will have to pick up the void left by the graduations of all-conference selections Dyami Starks and Joe O’Shea.

O’SHEA CAN YOU SEE:
Tim O’Shea returned to Rhode Island eight years ago to start the Division I process at Bryant. After serving as an assistant to Al Skinner at Rhode Island and Boston College, O’Shea left BC to take over at Ohio. In his seven seasons there, he was the architect of a Bobcat program that rose to prominence. In his last four seasons alone, the Bobcats compiled 79 wins and captured a MAC title. He was 120-95 during his tenure at Ohio.

Prairie View A&M

Prairie View A&M Panthers – Head Coach: Byron Rimm II (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
Head coach Byron Rimm II is in rebuilding mode at Prairie View where he looks to replace four starters from a squad that posted a 15-18 mark a year ago and reached the semifinals of the SWAC tournament…senior guard Jacoby Green played in all 33 games last season, starting 10, and posting an average of 3.7 ppg…junior guard Jayrn Johnson also played in all 33 games and netted 4.4 ppg…the Panthers last appeared in the 2K Classic in 2008. Official Site
Name#Pos.Ht.Wt.Cl.
Ray Lee0G6-3190R-Sr.
James Thompson IV2F/C6-10215So.
Baylee Steele40F/C6-11235So.
Nick Madray35F6-9220R-Jr.
Tim Bond1G6-7160Jr.
Ty Toney32G6-3220Sr.
Ty Groce31F6-7195Fr.
Lamar Wofford-Humphrey23F6-9225R-Jr.
Quaran Jones21F6-7225R-Jr.
Blake Brown20F6-7175R-So.
Jordan Nobles15F6-9195R-So.
Jalen Brown12G5-9160Fr.
Willie Mangum IV10G6-1220Sr.
Elijah Minnie5F6-9200Jr.
Terry Harris4G/F6-6215Jr.
Paul Jackson3G6-1175Jr.
STARTING OVER: With the loss of four senior starters, head coach Byron Rimm II has a major task ahead of him in his 10th season at Prairie View. Last year’s senior class left on a high note, making a memorable second half run in conference play which saw them vault into the upper half of the SWAC standings. The year before, the class also participated in the SWAC tournament championship.

THE CORNERSTONE: With a roster full of newcomers, Rimm will turn to two-year letterwinner Karim York to lead the way. The 6-9 Austin, Texas, native averaged a career-high 9.1 points and 5.1 rebounds while also shooting 46 percent from the field. In addition to York, senior guards Jacoby Green and Jayrn Johnson will take on larger roles this season as both were the first two options off the bench last season.

HELP ON THE WAY: Among the group of newcomers, junior college transfer Dominique Shaw comes in with solid credentials. The 6-4 guard averaged 18 points per game last season at Tyler Junior College. Fellow newcomer Admassau Williams will help solidify the paint as he averaged 10.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game.

Radford Highlanders

Radford Highlanders – Head Coach: Mike Jones (Big South Conference)

The Highlanders recorded a 22-12 ledger in advancing to the quarterfinals of the CBI for the second straight season last year…the 22 wins also marked the second-straight 20-win season for Radford, which won 20 games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1998…head coach Mike Jones is in his fifth season at Radford and has turned around the Highlanders, winning 19 games in his first two seasons and 44 in his last two…two senior starters return: guard YaYa Anderson (9.3 ppg, 50 assists) and center Brandon Holcomb (6.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg).  Official Site

Name#Pos.Ht.Wt.Cl.
L'Hassane Niangane31C6-10240Jr.
DJ Laster25F6-6200So.
Patrick Zeck24F6-7225Fr.
Tyrell Nelson20F6-7235Sr.
Brandon Miller14F/C6-6240R-So.
David Efianayi11G6-2170R-So.
Nate Johnson10G6-4195Fr.
Liam O'Reilly5G6-2180Jr.
Christian Turner4G5-10180Fr.
Laquincy Rideau3G6-1210So.
Eric Jamison2G/F6-4175So.
Justin Jenkins1G6-2200So.
Jamaal Robateau0G6-5180R-Jr.
RAD: As it begins its 42nd season, Radford is coming off consecutive 22-win campaigns that each featured a postseason victory. The 44 combined victories are the most over any two-year span since 1990-91 and 1991-92, while the consecutive 20-win campaigns are the first since 1997-98 and 1998-99.

LEADERS OF THE PACK: The Highlanders return four of their top six scorers from last season, led by senior guards YaYa Anderson and Rashun Davis. Anderson is the team’s leading returning scorer, having averaged 9.3 points per game last season. Anderson starts the season eighth on the program’s three-point list with 188, including 59 last season. Davis has led Radford in assists each of the last two seasons (116.5 per year) and ranks eighth on the school’s career list.

NO, NO, NO: Brandon Holcomb ranks fifth in Radford history with 114 blocks. A year ago, he was second in the Big South Conference with 49 rejections. He also hauled down 4.5 rebounds per game, good for second on the team.

KEEPING UP WITH JONES: Highlanders head coach Mike Jones is in his fifth season. After his inaugural six-win campaign, Jones has led Radford to a 57-44 record over the last three years, 44 of those wins coming over the last two seasons.

Siena Saints

Siena Saints – Head Coach: Jimmy Patsos (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)

Siena returns three starters from a year ago, one of which appeared in only six games…junior forward Brett Bisping, the MVP of the 2014 CBI, had surgery on his toe in December and missed the reminder of the season…junior point guard Marquis Wright (12.5 ppg) is the Saints’ leading returning scorer while junior swingman Lavon Long posted 10.4 ppg and a team-high 4.9 rpg…head coach Jimmy Patsos is in his third year at Siena. Official Site

Name#Pos.Ht.Wt.Cl.
Henry Odunze44F/C6-8185Fr.
Michael Obindu34F/C6-8230